Mu­sic

You name it, it’s on stage as hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment choices abound

Austin American-Statesman - - MUSIC - By Michael Cor­co­ran Spe­cial to the Amer­i­canS­tates­man

It’s the last week­end be­fore Christ­mas, the last gasp of hol­i­day cheer, and as al­ways the Austin mu­sic scene doesn’t dis­ap­point. Some high­lights:

Thurs­day: The Ar­madillo Christ­mas Bazaar has top flight mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery day, in­clud­ing to­day’s lineup of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Sons of Fa­thers and fid­dle master War­ren Hood and the Goods.

Ray Ben­son and Asleep at the Wheel bring the ghost of Bob Wills to the Para­mount The­atre.

Fri­day: “Roast the Hol­i­days and Toast the New Year” with Carolyn Won­der­land and Guy Forsyth, two of Austin’s most-sea­soned live acts, is at the Rollins The­ater.

Trans-Siberian Orches­tra, which bring or­ches­tral lush­ness to Christ­mas-themed rock, mu­sic plays Cedar Park Cen­ter.

Band of Hea­thens play the Ar­madillo Christ­mas Bazaar.

Satur­day: Bruce Wil­lis, er, Ro­bi­son, and Kelly Wil­lis per­form Christ­mas mu­sic and throw in some orig­i­nals of the spir­i­tual kind at Gruene Hall. This ter­rific bill in­cludes Betty Soo and Hot Club of Cow­town.

Robert Earl Keen brings his tales of dys­func­tional hol­i­day gath­er­ings and other odd­ball sto­ries to ACL Live, with open­ers Terry Hen­drix and Lloyd Maines.

Sun­day: Fresh from a guest turn on “Treme” comes the revered Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band, play­ing that old New Or­leans cre­ole swing. At One World The­ater.

Christ­mas Night: There’s only one place to be (al­most lit­er­ally) on the calm af­ter the storm and that’s with Dale Wat­son, whose birth­day par­ties for Je­sus have be­come jam­packed af­fairs at the Con­ti­nen­tal Club.

Dec. 28: The al­ways fes­tive Fred LeBlanc jumps out from his drums and crazi­ness en­sues. Think a Ca­jun Keith Moon, with Roger Dal­try’s pipes. And Fred keeps his shirt but­toned. At An­tone’s.

The Toad­ies play ACL Live. Why not?

Dec. 29: Mr. Austin Mu­sic Ale­jan­dro Es­covedo plays ACL Live and pre­tends Terry Lick­ona’s got the cam­eras rolling.

Hayes Carll, whose songs are gut-bust­ing one minute and wrist-slit­ting the next, opens a twonight stand at An­tone’s to wring the last bit of 2012 emo­tion.

Dec. 30: Wil­lie Nel­son with the Mav­er­icks at ACL Live. Wil­lie also plays NYE, but this gig’s es­pe­cially note­wor­thy for the open­ing act, the re­united Mav­er­icks, the band led by Raul Malo that sold mil­lions of records in the mid-‘90s, then broke up.

New Year’s Eve: The can’t miss show of the night is the triple bill of Black Joe Lewis and the Honey­bears, Kash­mere Stage Band and Jesse Day­ton at Emo’s East. That’s five hours of wow!

The Ado­les­cents at Red 7. Nascent SoCal punk band re­groups with new al­bum.

Neon In­dian at Mo­hawk. Alan Palomo’s art/dance band should get the year off in a par­ty­ing mode.

Sons of Fa­thers at the White Horse. Ev­ery­body’s fa­vorite new band at the fa­vorite East­side honky tonk spells magic.

The Fam­ily Stone at Zach Scott The­ater. Sans Sly, the fam band re­tains the hits like “Ev­ery­day Peo­ple.”

South Austin Jug Band at the Par­ish. James Hyland is back with his amaz­ing string­smiths to ring in 2013.

T-Bird and the Breaks, one of the best live bands in town, bring the melodic soul rock to Stubb’s.

The Gourds at Scot­tish Rite. Austin’s best band forges new ter­rain in the new year.

El Paso’s Dirty River Boys serve up melodic sto­ry­telling at An­tone’s.

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